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Epic photo of Olympic gymnast throwing out first pitch goes viral

Suni Lee throws out a ceremonial first pitch

Olympic gold medalist Suni Lee threw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to Friday night’s game between the Toronto Blue Jays and Minnesota Twins at Target Field. To say she did so in style would be an understatement.

Lee incorporated a flip as part of her windup and delivery. In terms of difficulty level for a ceremonial first pitch, Lee’s was a definite contender for the top spot. This viral photo helps showcase just how impressive it was:

Here is a video of the pitch:

Lee, a Saint Paul native, stepped up for the United States at the Tokyo Olympics last year after Simone Biles sat out some events for mental health reasons. Lee took home the gold medal in the women’s individual all-around and had an extremely impressive streak. Those who followed her probably were not surprised by her incredible first pitch.

Suni Lee’s father had emotional message for Simone Biles

Suni Lee

Suni Lee took home her first ever gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics on Thursday, and her father was quick to give credit to Simone Biles.

Lee, who is 18, won the women’s gymnastics all-around final. Biles was heavily favored to win the event for a second straight Olympics, but she withdrew due to mental health issues she has been having. After Lee posted a score of 57.433 to win the gold, her father John Lee told “TODAY” that there is “no words to express” how much the medal means to his family. He then had a message for Biles.

“I’m gonna tell (Suni) that I’m super proud of her,” John Lee said, via NBC 5 Chicago. “I want to tell her too that no matter what, I’ll support her and I want to tell Simone that she truly is the gold because she let my baby girl bring me a gold medal.”

Lee, who is the youngest Olympian on the United States team, helped the US capture the silver medal in the team all-around on Tuesday. She said after that event that she and her teammates “did it for Simone.”

Biles said she needed to deal with some things “internally” after withdrawing from the team all-around on Tuesday. She left open the possibility that she would compete in the individual all-around, but she ultimately decided to sit out. She opened up about the mental struggles she was having earlier in the week.

Lee’s win in the individual all-around kept an impressive streak alive for the US women’s gymnastics team. They have now won the event in five straight Olympics, dating back to 2004.

Suni Lee keeps impressive US gymnastics streak alive amid Simone Biles drama

Suni Lee

Simone Biles withdrew from the women’s gymnastics all-around final in Tokyo to focus on her mental health, but the United States was still able to take home the gold medal.

Suni Lee won the gold in the all-around on Thursday night with a score of 57.433. She beat Brazil’s Rebeca Andrade’s, who took home the silver medal with a score of 57.298.

Biles, who won the women’s individual all-around at the Rio Olympics in 2016, was heavily favored to repeat as champion. Lee became the fifth consecutive American woman to win the gold medal, joining Biles, Gabby Douglas, Nastia Liukin and Carly Patterson. Lee’s family and friends celebrated the feat back in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Lee, who is known for her incredibly difficult uneven bars routine, helped the US win the silver medal in the team all-around earlier this week. The 18-year-old is quickly becoming a household name.

Biles said she needed to deal with some things “internally” after withdrawing from the team all-around on Tuesday. She left open the possibility that she would compete in the individual all-around, but she ultimately decided to sit out. She opened up about the mental struggles she was having earlier in the week.